IBM veteran & father of the Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle joins IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee
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Washington D.C., April 23, 2017: International Data Center Authority (IDCA) today announces that Robert (Dr, Bob) Sullivan who is IBM veteran and father of the hot aisle/cold aisle containment concepts joined IDCA’s Technical Standards Committee.
Robert Sullivan, commonly known as "Dr Bob" in the industry, retired in 2000 after a 32 year carrier with IBM’s Storage Systems Division in San Jose, CA. He then worked as a consultant to the Uptime Institute of 10 years, retiring for a second time in 2010. He is now an independent consultant in the Data Processing industry, concentrating on education and training in the areas high density computing and energy efficient and effective data center infrastructures.
Prior to joining IBM, Bob received a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Northwestern University and an MS and PhD in Applied Mechanics from Stanford University. In his 32 year carrier at IBM he did technology, component and new product development work, installation planning and consulting work in computer room environment and hardware installation issues. Key projects in his IBM career included working on the team that developed the Winchester disk technology, creating the Hot Aisle/Cold Aisle equipment layout concept, plus identified the need to eliminate Bypass Airflow and Recirculation in the computer room and have all air flowing in one direction. These and other critical concepts he identified are now generally accepted and employed throughout the data processing industry. Along these lines he contributed a great deal of the original research on raised floor and non-raised floor cooling technology.
In addition Dr. Sullivan is an internationally recognized expert, who has been involved in diagnosing and resolving critical cooling problems in hundreds of data centers over the last twenty seven years. He is also a recognized expert in the areas of computer room environments, environmental controls, hardware installation, computer room layout, power and power distribution, grounding, cooling and air flow, plus contamination identification and remediation.
He speaks regularly at national and international conferences, develops educational material and teaches courses, and presents seminars on various aspects of the efficient and effective data center, as well as, leading edge technologies in the data processing field.
Dr. Sullivan has been honored to be named one of “five people who changed the data center” by TechTarget in August 2010.
In April 2016 Dr. Sullivan was honored by DataCenter Dynamics with the Contributors Award, a lifetime achievement award for his long and outstanding contribution to the data center industry.
“I look forward to joining the IDCA Technical Advisory Committee. IDCA has taken on the mission to standardize the approach to data center design, operation, and processes, giving direction to the data center community. I am excited about becoming a contributor to this effort.” Dr. Bob stated.
IDCA Technical Standards Committee represents IDCA’s interest in matters pertaining to standards. Technical Standards Committee is composed of elite members from diverse yet premier data center-run organizations who are engaged with in-depth issues of data center industry at hand. Committee’s core mission is to provide remedy to the current data center industry gaps via developing the next-generation data center standards necessary to address and provide resolution to those gaps. All Technical Standards Committee’s effort is fundamentally rooted in the Application Ecosystem (AE)℠ and within the framework of the Infinity Paradigm®. In addition, the Committee further identifies potential new standards needed by the data center community and takes the necessary steps to initiate development of such needed standards with the appropriate organizations. Committee Members are also responsible to conduct unremitting interactions with the key industry stakeholders such as operators, providers, investors and end-users to ensure proper data center foundations, standardization and compliance are rooted within the diverse data center industry segments. Technical Standards Committee’s composition includes carefully elected technical data center experts from diverse industries, backgrounds and perspectives.